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David Letterman announces retirement: Will Chelsea Handler replace him?

David Letterman
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The late night television club has always been hosted by men. From Johnny Carson to Seth Meyers, it has always been male comedians running the late night shows. When Jay Leno retired there was a little hope that a woman might be able to step into the fold, but that didn't happen. According to an April 4 report from CNN, David Letterman is set to retire in 2015. Celebrities and fans are wondering whether or not this could mean a woman may be able to take his place, and some names are even being tossed in the ring.

David Letterman has been a staple on television for over three decades. Amid several personal issues and a scandal, Letterman was still able to hold down his show on the CBS network. When he announced his retirement plans on his show, Twitter blew up with responses. Many celebrities reached out and told the world what Letterman meant to them. With the news of his leaving, fans are wondering if a woman will finally be able to be named as a late night host. Chelsea Handler announced that she would be ending her long-running “Chelsea Lately” show on the E! Network. Fans are wondering whether or not Handler could replace Letterman or if she would be too controversial for the CBS network.

There is no set date for when David Letterman will retire yet, just that it will be in 2015. Fans will be following the news closely to see which celebrity names are being talked about and whether or not Chelsea Handler will get her shot on late night television with CBS.

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